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I own an Auto repair business, been open for about 30 year's and been using Windows. I would love to dump windows but my management software I have not been able to get to run on Linux. Can anyone recommend an auto repair shop software that would ?
 


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Hi, did you check out ARI software. It's available for Linux but first of all you may have to check it by yourself because business needs differ from one business to another.
Check this.

At the end they have also mentioned simillar softwares.
Also, you can install Wine on your Linux machine and check whether your current software works.
 
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I have installed WINE but could not get it to work. I get an error msg. about no windows program assigned to this type of file.
 

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I think your first step should be sitting down and enumerating all the features you get from your existing software Then you should appraise what is needed, what is wanted, what you would improve, etc... Then, I'd start looking for other pieces of software that fill those needs.

The software you want probably exists for Linux, it just may not have a catchy name and may not be a single suite of software. You may have to use multiple pieces of software to get the same results.
 

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Take another look at the installing of wine.

I do not use it (i have no need for it) but I do know it is a "fussy" installation.

one little thing out of place and it just doesnt work (bit like a gearbox)

Which Linux are you running?
 
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Take another look at the installing of wine.

I do not use it (i have no need for it) but I do know it is a "fussy" installation.

one little thing out of place and it just doesnt work (bit like a gearbox)

Which Linux are you running?
I have reinstalled WINE and have tried Crossover. I am running Linux Mint
 

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which Linux Mint.......version.....20.2...?

If you are not sure, click on menu and type in Welcome....open welcome screen....it will be in the bottom right hand corner
 

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If anything will get wine running this will


it runs in 32 bit architecture.....weird but true.

Just follow the terminal commands.

Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu 20.4

Use copy and paste to "write" the commands

If your program wont run in wine, you may have to either dual boot...windows with linux (with a good size ssd to hold them both, or maybe try the link from @Tharindu .... https://sourceforge.net/software/product/ARI-Auto-Repair-Invoicing/
 
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If anything will get wine running this will


it runs in 32 bit architecture.....weird but true.

Just follow the terminal commands.

Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu 20.4

Use copy and paste to "write" the commands

If your program wont run in wine, you may have to either dual boot...windows with linux (with a good size ssd to hold them both, or maybe try the link from @Tharindu .... https://sourceforge.net/software/product/ARI-Auto-Repair-Invoicing/
Thanks, installing WINE 6.0 now.Will let you know. I am going to try both my existing software and another win software demo I got..
 
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OK well that didn't work. Tried install twice, all seemed go smooth with no errors. I right click on the win .exe file I want to install, choose to open with wine program loader, the little wheel spins but nothing happens.
 

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G'day @JimK and welcome to linux.org :)

I'll run a few ideas past you, which may or may not bear fruit.

First up, what I tell people who may be under a false impression of our status within the Linux Community

Just in case of any misapprehension on your part, we are not an official arm nor organ of Linux, just scored the dot org name - we are manned by volunteer staff who share a love of Linux and have varying skills in various departments.

So unless we have some auto repair people within our ranks, all we can give you is opinions and suggestions.

It is not clear from your first Post whether you are using a commercially produced software suite, or whether you had consultants come in, identify your needs, and design some sort of end-user applications for you, which run on Windows.

If it is the former, let us know the name and version, but if it is the latter, you may not have much luck with us.

Good luck

Chris Turner
wizardfromoz
 

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OK well that didn't work. Tried install twice, all seemed go smooth with no errors. I right click on the win .exe file I want to install, choose to open with wine program loader, the little wheel spins but nothing happens.
Then I guess your best bet is to try those softwares I mentioned above. I also tried to use Wine few different times, but it didn't work for me either
 
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G'day @JimK and welcome to linux.org :)

I'll run a few ideas past you, which may or may not bear fruit.

First up, what I tell people who may be under a false impression of our status within the Linux Community

Just in case of any misapprehension on your part, we are not an official arm nor organ of Linux, just scored the dot org name - we are manned by volunteer staff who share a love of Linux and have varying skills in various departments.

So unless we have some auto repair people within our ranks, all we can give you is opinions and suggestions.

It is not clear from your first Post whether you are using a commercially produced software suite, or whether you had consultants come in, identify your needs, and design some sort of end-user applications for you, which run on Windows.

If it is the former, let us know the name and version, but if it is the latter, you may not have much luck with us.

Good luck

Chris Turner
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Hello,
I know you are not official LINUX, but thanks for the info. The software I have been using is commercially available called "Autos 2000". I wanted some recommendation from those that have been involved in with Linux for much longer than myself. Figured you guy's have seen a lot of Linux software. Thanks for the info though.
 

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I Suspect that that software is not going to run under wine. You may have to run a version of windows in a virtual machine or dual boot your machine with Windows to get it to run. Wine is good but not all windows software will run under it for one reason or another. And I can not find that software in the wine application data base which means no one has reported it as working at all.
 
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